The master’s degree in Teaching, Learning and Leadership with an option in Special
Education is designed to train and equip educators who work with students with disabilities
across a variety of K-12 educational settings. Our graduates have the foundational
knowledge and skills needed to work with children with disabilities by addressing
academic, communication, social, behavioral and adaptive skills. We prepare educators
who value diversity, life-long learning and advocate for quality educational opportunities
for all students.
We offer pathways for those seeking to work with children with mild/moderate disabilities
and for those seeking to provide intensive behavioral and academic interventions for
a successful student learning experience. Program curriculum addresses the principles
of special education, positive behavior interventions and supports and applied behavior
analysis. Coursework has been verified by Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), which gives students the opportunity to pursue national board certification in behavior
in a variety of K-12 educational settings
Advanced Interventions for Increased Academic Achievement
Improving Literacy Skills of Individuals with Disabilities
Planning, Compliance & Instruction in Special Education
Transition into Adulthood for Individuals with Disabilities
Characteristics & Teaching Methods for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Classroom & Behavior Management
Behavioral Assessment and Consultation
Applied Behavior Analysis
Culturally Responsive Teaching in Special Education
Research within our program is collaborative and interdisciplinary. We work closely
with our school psychology, educational technology, veterinary medicine and early childhood education colleagues.
Such collaborations have resulted in international travel opportunities, national
and international publication, grant funding and national conference presentations
for our students and faculty.
Our faculty represent a broad range of special education experience, including classroom
teachers, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, special education administration and school
counseling. Faculty highlights include:
Dr. Candace Schell is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with doctoral designation (BCBA-D), a certification
held by only 2 percent of individuals working in higher education. She is active in
two grant-funded projects, including Project Aware and Project Engage. She was also featured in this episode of Straight Talk About Research.
Dr. Penny Cantleywas the lead writer on ME!, a curriculum developed to help educators teach transition skills to students with
disabilities. She is also actively involved in interdisciplinary research and service that examines the implementation of animal assisted interventions (AAI) and animal
assisted activities (AAA) as supports for students with and without disabilities in
secondary and postsecondary education settings.
The federal TEACH Grant Program may provide up to $4,000 a year to aid students seeking degrees in high-needs fields
and who meet specific eligibility requirements. Students must sign an Agreement to
Serve and acknowledge that if the terms are not fulfilled, the grant will be converted
to a loan that must be repaid.
Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences.